At the University of South Carolina, we apply what we learn in class to the research we conduct in the lab and in the field. We gain new perspectives from the world around us as we share our experiences in community service projects. We solve problems in new and creative ways. See how we connect.

When Class of 2011 member KATIE PARHAM chose Carolina, she didn't have a major in mind, but she wanted to dabble a bit and knew the University had a wide range of options.

Katie got a job at the S.C. State House early on, and she loved the experience so much that she chose to study political science (and added French for a double major). While participating in the Washington Semester Program, Katie fell in love with D.C. and hopes to move there. She feels that public policy is definitely her calling, which she couldn't have said four years ago.

Katie is also very involved in the Carolina Service Council, which oversees activities such as Service Saturdays, and learned about working with a nonprofit through the Children's Trust of South Carolina. Katie says that directing the Alternative Spring Break program for the last two years has been "the most challenging and beneficial leadership experience on campus that I've had."

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